Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I have to admit… I’ve been attacked by a horsefly and am typing with a right arm the size of one of my legs… eeeeekk!! I’m mainly wearing ice packs today! (Is it just me?!) Luckily I don’t particularly need my elbow to blog and bring you amazing weddings, and boy do we have something special to share today! I’ve been keeping gorgeous couple Becky and Sam up my sleeve for a few weeks now – their fabulously vintage, Great Gatsby inspired, home crafted, personal wedding at Crockwell Farm is definitely going down as one of my favourites of 2018 so far.
Lovely photographer Jodie Cooling (who gets a great review from Becky and Sam below) has kindly introduced their wedding for you…
When I meet and chat with my clients before their wedding I get a great sense of their style and vision for their day. Becky & Sam blew my expectations out of the water. The attention to detail with every aspect of the day was incredible. One thing I’d like to point out is the colour scheme. Take note… Becky’s lipstick matched the shade of her flowers, which tied perfectly in tone to all of the stationery for the day. Now that’s planning! Sam looked dashing in his blue chequered suit from House of Fraser. Armed with his pocket watch and contrasting pocket square and corsage he anxiously yet excitedly awaited the arrival of Becky. The Mori Lee dress that Becky chose seemed like it was made just for her. It looked incredible! Teamed with her Gatsby styled hair accessory and hair and make up by the super talented Holly Preston she took everybody’s breath away with her beauty.
Our flowers were bold purples and natural. The wonderful Claire Higgs at Hibiscus floral design created my beautiful bouquets and button holes, and supplied the foliage for the tables. I purchased the eucalyptus from a direct seller, and decorated the barn and venue myself.
We are general craftsy people, so we had a lot of fun making our home made elements. Our favours; home made sloe gin, were made using handpicked sloes that we acquired on a picnic and enlisted the help to pick with our Flower Girls whilst for bottling we enlisted the help of our good friend Leigh Barmby, where we made a conveyor belt – the bottles and labels were obtained on etsy. The Signs both outside and inside the venue were made by myself (stencils) and Sam and his Dad. The table plan was made by me (the Bride) and constructed by our dear friends Ross and Ian Houston.The Macrame was made by me whilst sitting in front of the TV relaxing in the evenings – the table centers are pretty much the same story. With the save the dates, i made and gathered all of the elements, however over the christmas period we enlisted the help of the Bride’s family, where we had a conveyor belt for construction!
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We first met Jodie at a Wedding fair held at our Wedding venue, Crockwell Farm, and instantly loved her portfolio. As she was one of the first photographers that we looked at, we thought we needed to look around – although it didn’t seem to matter, as no matter how many we looked at, we always found ourselves drawn back to Jodie.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Jodie was amazing – more than we could have ever have asked for. We had an initial meeting with her, where she was keen to make sure that we were a “click” before taking our wedding on – she was so relaxed, friendly and down to earth that it was an instance match for us, and she kindly accepted our offer to photograph our Wedding. During this meeting she prepared us for some of the questions that she would be asking nearer the time, to give us a chance to have a think about the answers. Her price for capturing the day, starting with pictures of us getting ready through to the first dance and more, was totally reasonable and we were more than happy to pay this. The week leading up to the wedding, we had a skype call with Jodie just to discuss final details; Jodie had been clear from day one that she tended to only capture around 10-15 organised shots and that the rest would be very fluid and natural, so during this quick call we gave her names of important people and anyone that we wanted to specifically have these types of shots with too.
On the day of the Wedding Jodie turned up – and to be perfectly honest, i didn’t know she was there for a while. She quietly sank into the background, getting all of the shots that she needed. Jodie has such a kindhearted nature that it was hard to not feel at ease whilst she was photographing us during the most important moments of our lives.
Throughout the day, we had so many comments from our Guests saying how lovely Jodie was and how at ease they felt having her there. We had some young children at the wedding also, who naturally don’t want to smile when asked, or wouldn’t stand in a pose for longer than 10 seconds – but this was no hurdle for Jodie. She joked and laughed with the Children, telling them that ‘Peppa Pig’ was in her camera, managing to get those perfect snaps! We have no regrets in picking Jodie and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Having got married on the Saturday and flying off on our Honeymoon on the Monday, we wasn’t expecting to see any before we left – however, on the Sunday, Jodie managed to send us a “sneak-peek” of a couple of photos for us to enjoy and share with our close ones until the others were ready – we were so happy with the photograph that we just knew that there was something special to come. Whilst we were away on our honeymoon, we had a couple of messages from Jodie so excited to show us the pictures. The day we landed (just 2 weeks after the wedding) Jodie invited us to her studio to go and view the pictures. We were a bit shocked to be honest, as we couldn’t believe the quick turn around.
Jodie had collated a selection of the edited photos and formed a beautiful 25 minute long video presentation to music – the photos were absolutely brilliant and certainly bought a tear to our eyes. We couldn’t have asked for any more and she really did capture all of those special moments of the day (big or small). She had spent so much time with lots of different guests, ensuring that every person present was captured that taking the photos into account, you would have thought there were more people there helping her. Watching the film Jodie pulled out the prosseco, which just added fabulously to our experience with her. We were so overwhelmed with Jodie’s work – she truly is a special person, with a fantastic eye and such a people person. We were so happy with our photographs, that we instantly agreed we would love to use her again in the future.
The stunningly beautiful Crockwell Farm, Eydon, Daventry, Northamptonshire. https://www.crockwellfarm.co.uk/
Your wedding style or theme:
Mordern Great Gatsby with homemade artistic flares.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were found through recommendations made by the Wedding Venue/ Wedding fairs that they had put on.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Myself and My Husband are both creative people and although we did not want the pressure of a fully blow DIY wedding, we did want to add our own personal touches to the day. Our biggest savings were made on things like stationary and favors. Although we had some fabulous invitations and place settings made by White Cottage Weddings, we chose to make our own save the dates and other things such as Table Plans. For our favors we enlisted the help of our flower girls to help pick the sloes, and our good Friend Leigh Barmby to help us make and bottle the Sloe Vodka. We also used smaller suppliers, such as those advertising on Etsy, many of whom give the choice of personal customization at a fraction of the price of larger suppliers. This included jewelry, gifts and finishing touches.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We are so pleased that we did not skimp on 2 main areas; the photographer and the DJ. We wanted to ensure that the lasting memories of our day were captured perfectly – afterall the pictures are what you will be staring at over the next 50 years. The DJ ensured that the dance floor was busy throughout the night and really seemed to read the audience incredibly well ensuring the environment was there for Jodie to capture those lasting memories.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our Invites and Place settings were created by White Cottage Weddings, our save-the-dates and table plan and vows were created by us!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I absolutely loved my wedding dress – it was perfect and really showed off Sam’s favorite parts of my body…
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My wedding Dress was 2876 by Mori Lee bought at Bicester Bridal.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My headpiece was handmade by a seller I found in the US on Etsy, whilst my shows came from The Rainbow Collection. Sam’s pocket watch is Rotary
And what did the groom wear?
Sam’s suit was Label Lab, by House Of Fraser, whilst the groomsmen’s suites came from Next.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The maid of honour wore Mori Lee, whilst the flower girls dresses came from LightInTheBox
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
The Fabulous Holly Preston and Oxfordshire Wedding Hair and MakeUp styled (hair and make up) the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Nana of the Bride.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
It didn’t need any more – i just added in a few eucalyptus flourishes to tie in with the table centers.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a Cheese Tower over a traditional cake. Cheese and port are something that both we, and our family enjoy and indulge a lot in, and so we knew that not only would this add the “Sam and Becky” touch to the day, but it would also be something that would be totally enjoyed by all of our Guests – everyone loved it!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Sam had said from day one that he wanted a Jazz band to pass the time whilst eating through to when the DJ began. This was a great idea, and just added some subtle back ground music to accompany the food. It was a great way of starting the party atmosphere without giving our older guests ingestion at dinner!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
We had lots of advice for the big day – and we were so happy that we took it on!
1) Don’t be afraid to take a step back a couple of times during your day and take in everything around you – just take a look at the guests enjoying themselves, which in itself makes all of the hard work well worth while -savour those memories, the day will go so quick.
2) The morning of your Wedding do what you can to stay stress free – people commented on how relaxed we both were, and we really did take the approach that if it isn’t right now, it isn’t going to be. Your guests aren’t the only ones who need to enjoy the day.
3) Things are going to go wrong – just go with it, these little moments will stay with you for a life time and will be the things you laugh about – it rained on our wedding day, but we were determined to get some outdoor photos so embraced the elements in my gown, and having seen the photos would have no hesitation in doing it again – after all, you are never going to wear the dress again!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you will get to spend every day for the rest of your life with your best friend and that your family has grown in size!